The North Platte First National Bank Seniors scored in every inning but one Saturday to beat McCook 7-0 at Bill Wood Field.
“Today, we decided the game plan was to be a bit more aggressive,” Seniors coach Ty Brockmoller said. “We have been hitting the ball well, lately. But we could never scratch across runs. We decided to be more aggressive on the basepaths and manufacture more runs. We did a good job of that today, we had only five hits in the game but we had seven runs because we moved runners so well and we capitalized with runners in scoring position. We had great approaches.”
North Platte (3-8) got ahead in the first inning when Dolan Branch brought in a run by grounding into a fielder’s choice. Branch then stole second base, which allowed Sam Malsbury to score and make it 2-0.
For the next three innings, the First Nationals scored a run each. In the second, Carter Johnson added to the lead with a two-out bloop single. In the third, Branch got another RBI with a one-out sacrifice fly ball to right field and in the fourth, Jacob Tobey made it 5-0 with a single to left.
McCook held North Platte scoreless for the first time in the fifth inning as Trae Koetter relieved starting pitcher Dawson Bredvick.
But in the sixth, Koetter was pulled for Brandon Derauf. Against Derauf, Johnson scored two with a single to left.
Going into the seventh, a thunderstorm descended from the north and not only ended the game early, but it ended the Kwik Stop tournament prematurely. North Platte’s game on Saturday night against Overton and on Sunday against Kearney Jersey’s was cancelled.
Next, the Seniors will host Kearney on Tuesday.